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Thirteen more Oregonians die from COVID-19

Oregon reported 13 more deaths Wednesday from COVID-19, raising the state’s death toll from the illness to 2,044.

The deaths included an 89-year-old Klamath County man with underlying medical conditions who tested positive for the disease Jan. 8 and died Jan. 29 at Sky Lakes Medical Center.

OHA reported 555 new COVID cases Wednesday, increasing the statewide total to 148,475.

Jackson County Public Health reported 25 new cases, bringing the local caseload to 7,788. Josephine County had 18 new cases, raising that county’s total to 2,142.

Nineteen people were hospitalized with the illness in Jackson and Josephine counties Wednesday, two fewer than Tuesday, with five in intensive care, one more than Tuesday.

Statewide, 211 people were hospitalized with the disease, 15 fewer than Tuesday, with 53 in ICU, unchanged from Tuesday.

Oregon’s weekly number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths all dropped during the period of Feb. 1-7, OHA said. The agency recorded 4,049 cases, a 15% decrease from the 4,786 seen Jan. 25-31, and the “lowest weekly total seen in three months,” an OHA news release said.

New hospitalizations decreased from 251 the previous week to 230. OHA reported 66 deaths the week of Feb. 1-7, “the lowest weekly total since mid-November,” according the news release.

On Wednesday, 155,689 Oregonians were considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 288,069 had received their first vaccine dose, according to OHA.

In Jackson County, 6,889 residents were fully vaccinated, and 14,393 had received the first dose. In Josephine County, 1,537 people were fully vaccinated, and 4,754 had received the first dose.